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According to Jim Carrey, he did not get along with Tommy Lee Jones, who told him that he hated him and his films.
Jim Carrey's original idea - to shave a question mark into his scalp - had to be scratched as he was due in court to finalize his divorce.
Michelle Pfeiffer was considered to reprise her role as Catwoman.
In the original Batman (1989), District Attorney Harvey Dent was played by Billy Dee Williams. Williams accepted the role with the knowledge and expectation that Dent would eventually become Two-Face: he reportedly had a clause put into his contract reserving the role for him in any sequels, which Warner Bros. had to buy out so they could cast Tommy Lee Jones.
While Tim Burton was still slated to direct the film, Micky Dolenz was considered to play The Riddler. After Burton dropped out, Robin Williams was offered the role by Warner Brothers, but refused due to being bitter about being used as "bait" to lure Jack Nicholson to commit to play the Joker in Batman (1989).
It was reported that Christian Bale had previously auditioned for the role of Robin, but lost out to Chris O'Donnell. However, this rumour was later dispelled by Bale himself
Dick Grayson suggests "Nightwing" for a hero name. This was the name used by the adult Dick Grayson in the comic books.
Joel Schumacher's decision to put nipples and enlarged codpieces on the Bat-costumes, as well as an earring on Robin caused controversy - it even bothered Batman creator Bob Kane. Schumacher said he wanted the costumes to have an anatomic look, while the earring was supposed to make Robin more hip. He also claimed that the basis for the Batman and Robin suits came from statues of the gods of ancient Greece.
Before deciding not to don the cape and cowl for a third time, Michael Keaton met with Joel Schumacher and declined to join the project after deciding that he did not like the direction in which Schumacher was looking to take the franchise. In the brief time that Tim Burton was still considering doing a third Batman film, Riddler was the only villain that he planned on using. The idea of using Two-Face did not come up until Schumacher joined the project.
Tommy Lee Jones was Joel Schumacher's first choice for the role of Two-Face after working with him in The Client (1994). Jones accepted the role because his son Austin, 11 at the time, said Two-Face was his favorite character.
Val Kilmer and Joel Schumacher clashed during filming. Schumacher described Kilmer as "childish and impossible". According to Schumacher, Kilmer refused to talk to him for two weeks.
While learning to twirl a cane, Jim Carrey reportedly broke around a dozen prop canes and some of his trailer furniture.
The Batmobile was usually driven by stunt drivers, but Chris O'Donnell insisted on driving it himself in the joyride scene - but he crashed it into a curb and dented a fender.
So heavy was his Batsuit, Val Kilmer lost 5lbs filming the opening fight scene alone.
It has been reported that personality clashes between Tommy Lee Jones and Jim Carrey during filming annoyed director Joel Schumacher to the extent that he stated he would never again work with either of them. However, he later worked with Carrey on The Number 23 (2007).
Val Kilmer and Jim Carrey became good friends during filming. They bonded over the deaths of their fathers.
Val Kilmer learned he was the new Batman while he was literally in a bat cave in Africa, doing research for The Ghost and the Darkness (1996) He accepted the role without reading the script.
Robin's costume is not the classic costume of the comics that Dick Grayson wore, but it is based on the costume worn by the third Robin, Tim Drake. This costume was introduced in 1990, and it is rumored that Tim Burton had a hand in designing it.
Rene Russo was originally cast to play Dr. Chase Meridian when Michael Keaton was still attached to the project as Batman. However, when Keaton dropped out of the project and was replaced by Val Kilmer, Russo was deemed too old to play his love interest and was replaced by Nicole Kidman.
Will Shortz, "puzzlemaster" on National Public Radio and editor of the NY Times crossword puzzle, created the Riddler's riddles.
This film marks the first appearance of Arkham Asylum in a live action Batman film.
Scheduling conflicts with Braveheart (1995) forced Mel Gibson to turn down the role of Harvey Dent/Two-Face.
When Dick says he wants to go back to the circus, Bruce replies that the circus must by now be halfway to Metropolis. That is the home city of Superman.
Mark Wahlberg was considered for the role of Robin.
Batman creator Bob Kane said in a Cinescape interview that Val Kilmer had given the best interpretation among all the actors to play Batman up to that time. However, Kane never lived to see fan favorites Christian Bale and Ben Affleck take on the role.
Elizabeth Sanders, who plays Gossip Gerty, was married to Bob Kane, creator of Batman, who also had a cameo in the film.
Tim Burton said "I always hated those titles like Batman Forever. That sounds like a tattoo that somebody would get when they're on drugs or something. Or something some kid would write in the yearbook to somebody else. I have high problems with some of those titles." It is rumored that Burton was considering the title Batman Continues while he was still slated to direct.
First live action appearance of Harvey Dent/Two-Face in disfigured form. He was supposed to appear as a villain in the TV show Batman (1966), reimagined as a news anchor who was disfigured when a television set exploded in his face, but the character didn't appear in the series, and Clint Eastwood expressed an interest for the role. Early drafts of Batman Returns (1992) featured Harvey Dent in the film (with Billy Dee Williams reprising his role from Batman (1989)), and his transformation into Two-Face was set to happen during the finale when Catwoman kisses him while holding onto the Penguin's generator. Several elements of Dent's role in these early drafts of that film were incorporated to the character of Max Shreck.
William Baldwin was reported to be considered for the role of Batman. Other names considered for the part before Val Kilmer was cast included Daniel Day-Lewis, Kurt Russell, Alec Baldwin, Ethan Hawke, Ralph Fiennes, Tom Hanks and Johnny Depp.
In the film, Robin exclaims, "Holey rusted metal, Batman!" This was in homage to Burt Ward's Robin from Batman (1966), who would often exclaim "Holy [fill in the blank], Batman!" in moments of distress or astonishment.
The exterior set for Two-Face's hideout is the same set used in the kidnapping of Max Schreck in Batman Returns (1992).
Marlon Wayans was originally slated to play Robin/Dick Grayson in Batman Forever (1995) when Tim Burton was considering directing it, but once Joel Schumacher ultimately took the helm his vision for the character did not jive with placing Wayans in the role and instead cast Chris O'Donnell.
After seeing him in this film, record producer George Martin approached Jim Carrey about performing the song "I am the Walrus" for his The Beatles tribute album "In My Life". Carrey accepted.
In "Batman: the Complete History", Michael Keaton said about turning down the film, "To lighten up and brighten it up and be a cartoon was of no interest to me".
Director Joel Schumacher wanted Nicole Kidman to play Poison Ivy, but he decided that Ivy, Two-Face and The Riddler would be too many villains for Batman. Ivy (played by Uma Thurman) was saved for Batman & Robin (1997).
Tommy Lee Jones's make-up took 4 hours to apply.
Jim Carrey helped design a lot of his costumes.
Bruce Timm, writer and the producer of Batman: The Animated Series (1992), said in an interview, "I did not enjoy Joel Schumacher's Batman at all".
Val Kilmer and Tommy Lee Jones appeared together again in The Missing (2003), which also featured subsequent Two-Face Aaron Eckhart.
Leonardo DiCaprio turned down the role of Dick Grayson/Robin because he didn't like Joel Schumacher's direction. For the same reason, Michael Keaton turned down the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman.
First appearance of Robin in the Warner Bros.' series of Batman films. He was featured in early drafts of the previous films Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992), which were directed by Tim Burton, but several rewrites to the script of those films led his inclusion to be dropped because Burton felt that Robin's presence didn't fit the dark tone of those films.
Before Chris O'Donnell was ultimately cast, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jude Law, Ewan McGregor, Corey Haim, Corey Feldman, Toby Stephens, and Scott Speedman had all been considered for the role of Robin at some point.
More than 100 Batman and Robin costumes were created to allow for the range of stunts, from underwater scenes to scenes involving fire and extreme fighting.
Michael Jackson was attached at one point to play the Riddler but he was ignored. Matthew Broderick also expressed interest in the role. After that Robin Williams turned down the role of the Riddler, Joel Schumacher cast Jim Carrey because Schumacher and Warner Bros. felt that he was perfect for the part following the success of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994).
Dr. Chase Meridian is not from any comic book series. She was created by screen writers Lee Batchler and Janet Scott Batchler.
Keanu Reeves was considered for the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman.
The scratches on the tails side of Two-Face's coin form the letters HD, the initials of Harvey Dent, Two-Face's former identity.
Prior to taking the name Riddler, one of the names Edward Nigma considered for his villain persona was The Puzzler. The Puzzler was the name of a Superman villain, who was also used in place of The Riddler in an episode of the Batman (1966) TV series.
Dick Grayson/Robin and Edward Nigma/The Riddler never actually met during the film. The closest they get to meeting is when Batman sees Robin trapped with Chase Meridian in the Riddler's lair. Robin actually meets only Two-Face, whereas Batman met with both villains through the film.
When The Riddler is in Two-Face's hideout demonstrating how "The Box" works, he says, "This is my brain on the box, does anyone else feel like a fried egg?". This is a spoof on an Anti-Drug commercial, which demonstrated what your brain would do when it is on drugs, by using an egg and a hot frying pan.
At one point, when Tim Burton was going to direct he was going to cast Brad Dourif as The Scarecrow.
Unlike Tim Burton, Joel Schumacher was a Batman fan. He originally wanted to do a prequel based on Frank Miller's "Batman: Year One".
In the original script, Two-Face's female thugs Sugar and Spice were known as "Lace" and "Leather" for their clothing styles. Sugar and Spice are the nature of little girls according to nursery rhymes. No names for these characters are spoken in the film; instead Sugar, when asked her name, tells Wayne that he can call her whatever he wants to.
The first part of the film was edited extensively to begin with an action sequence. The DVD features the original opening scene, Two-Face's escape from Arkham Asylum. This was to lead to Bruce Wayne's visit to his business offices, and the Bat-signal he saw there was meant to lead him to leave the office in order to suit up for the fight at the bank. This was followed by Nygma's experiment on Stickley. Batman's meeting with Chase at the Bat-signal was actually much later in the film, just before the scene where the Batmobile scales the side of the apartment building. Chase's reference to Two-Face's coin at the bank was originally a reference to the Circus. This original sequence of the first part of the film is featured in the comic book adaptation as well as in the tie-in novelization.
Olympic gymnast Mitchell Gaylord was a stunt double for Chris O'Donnell.
For the scene where Chase Meridian is visited by Batman on her balcony at night, Nicole Kidman was not wearing any clothing underneath the white silk sheet she was covering herself with.
It was rumored that Michael Keaton was asking for $15 million and a share in the profits to return to play Batman for the third time.
Sandra Bullock and Cindy Crawford were considered for the role of Dr. Chase Meridian.
Nicole Kidman was previously considered for the role of Catwoman in Batman Returns (1992) before Michelle Pfeiffer was cast.
The only live action Batman movie as of 2015 where Batman has to swim in his Batsuit.
Chris O'Donnell's sister can be seen directly behind him in the party scene where Robin is first introduced to the public.
The doctor in the Arkham asylum, referred to as doctor Burton (a nod to producer Tim Burton) is seen sporting Tim Burton's wild hairstyle.
Before appearing in this film, Nicole Kidman appeared in My Life (1993) opposite previous Batman Michael Keaton. She has since worked with all but newest of the subsequent live-action Batmans: George Clooney in The Peacemaker (1997), and Christian Bale in The Portrait of a Lady (1996). In Rabbit Hole (2010) she works with subsequent Two-Face actor Aaron Eckhart, and in Bewitched (2005) she works with Michael Caine, who also played Alfred the same year in Batman Begins (2005). She has yet to work with the current Batman (2016), Ben Affleck, but has worked with his brother Casey Affleck in To Die For (1995).
Early concepts of the final showdown on Claw Island had a huge, muscled, Riddler sitting on his throne when Batman finds him. The Riddler twists the two skulls on his armrests and the Riddler's muscled body is revealed to be a shell which splits in two, from which the real Riddler (wearing his white and green jumpsuit) steps out. This description made it into the junior novelization of the movie by Alan Grant, and was also featured in the video game based on the movie.
According to Mark Hamill, Joel Schumacher watched The Flash: Trial of the Trickster (1991) repeatedly for inspiration.
Jenny McCarthy (future ex-girlfriend of Jim Carrey) turned down the role of Sugar.
Actors Kimberly Scott (Bruce's assistant) and Michael Paul Chan (a worker at Wayne Enterprises) came back for Batman & Robin (1997), but in different roles, playing scientists at the Gotham Observatory. Joel Schumacher frequently uses them in his movies.
Val Kilmer said of the film - "I've done an absurdly commercial cartoon and now I'm more likely to get hired for a job I couldn't get hired for before because I hadn't done enough movies. It's so rare when an actor gets hired because he's right for the role, it just doesn't figure into it."
Exterior scenes of Wayne Manor were filmed at the Webb Institute of Naval Architecture on Long Island, NY. The production team had to change the school's "W" on the entrance gate because it had an anchor behind it.
The Robin costume weighed 41 lbs.
In the French-Canadian version, the Riddler is called Le Sphinx.
25 minutes of the film were digitally color corrected at 2K resolution - a very early example of digital grading for motion pictures.
Unlike the two Tim Burton Bat films, this is not scored by Danny Elfman. Also unlike those two, this film features original songs performed by multiple artists. The trailers for this film and Batman & Robin (1997) feature Elfman's score from Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992), however.
In early drafts of the film, Riddler's real name was Lyle Heckendorf instead of Edward Nigma and his rival company was called HeckTech instead of NygmaTech. A scene in the early drafts that didn't make it into the final film featured Lyle stalking Bruce at the circus and stealing the clothes of a performing circus leprechaun. The leprechaun suit then formed the basis for the Riddler outfit.
Sam Raimi was at one point considered to direct the film after Tim Burton dropped out.
When Tim Burton was going to direct, Micky Dolenz and Robin Williams were considered for the role of The Riddler. Moreover, Burton wanted The Riddler's head shaved with a question mark. The film was to include Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman (who survived the events of Batman Returns (1992)). Rene Russo was cast as the love interest. Marlon Wayans was cast as Robin and the film was going to be called Batman Continues ,but Warner Bros ultimately dismissed Burton after they realized the tone of the film was to be similar to Batman Returns (1992).
After the Batmobile rides up the wall to escape from Two-Face, there was going to be a car chase on the rooftops of Gotham. Due to time and money constraints, this idea was scrapped and used in the next film, Batman & Robin (1997).
Daniel Day-Lewis, Ralph Fiennes, Val Kilmer, and William Baldwin were the top four choices of Joel Schumacher to play Bruce Wayne / Batman.
The design of the Flying Graysons' costumes mirror the red, yellow and green spandex that Robin wore in the 1990s comic books.
Tommy Lee Jones who plays Two-Face/Harvey Dent in this film, also later appeared as Colonel Phillips in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011). Both Captain America and Batman faced off in the Marvel vs. DC crossover in 1996.
Joel Schumacher had asked Bono of U2 to reprise his role of Macphisto that he played during the band's ZOOTV tour, but Bono declined, saying that when ZOOTV ended so did Macphisto, instead U2 contributed the song "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" to the soundtrack.
Joel Schumacher originally wanted to make a much darker and more serious film that would more fully explore Bruce Wayne's growing fear that his crusade to be Batman had done more harm than good and that Bruce was beginning to suffer from burn out, but the executives at Warner Bros. insisted on a lighter tone.
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The only film in either Tim Burton's or Joel Schumacher's 'Batman' series without a single mention of a "Beauty and the Beast" metaphor.
Val Kilmer filmed his role concurrently with that in Heat (1995). In this film he plays a protagonist pursuing a team of armed robbers. In the other, he is one of a gang of armed robbers being pursued.
Doctor Burton is named for producer Tim Burton.
Despite a poor working relationship, Joel Schumacher later said that he felt Val Kilmer still gave a good performance as Batman/Bruce Wayne.
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According to Entertainment Weekly, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Linda Hamilton were considered for the role of Dr. Chase Meridian. Robin Wright was also considered for the role.
Robin Williams, who was offered and turned down the role of the Riddler, was the leading contender for the role of the Joker in Batman (1989), until the bigger star, Jack Nicholson took an interest and ultimately won the role.
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Don Wilson's role was personally offered to him by Joel Schumacher. Wilson filmed his scene in four days.
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Michael Worth was a runner-up to play Robin. However, he ends up in the film as a member of the gang Dick Grayson fights in the alley fight scene.
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The first name of Dick Grayson's brother in the film is Mitchell, but in the original script it was Chris. Presumably this was changed to avoid on-set confusion with actor Chris O'Donnell.
Aaron Eckhart would succeed Tommy Lee Jones in the role of Harvey Dent/Two-Face The Dark Knight (2008). Jones starred opposite Eckhart in The Missing (2003), in which Val Kilmer made a cameo.
Drew Barrymore, who plays Sugar in the film, previously starred as the title character in Poison Ivy (1992), a film totally unrelated to Batman. A different Poison Ivy is a long time Batman foil who then appeared as one of the villains in the next Batman film Batman & Robin (1997).
Two characters in this film who were originally supposed to be black became white when Joel Schumacher replaced Tim Burton. Billy Dee Williams, who played Harvey Dent in Batman (1989), was supposed to play Two-Face, and Marlon Wayans was supposed to play Robin, although according to the comics, these characters have historically *always* been white.
Michael Gough (Alfred Pennyworth) and Pat Hingle (Commissioner James Gordon) are the only actors to reprise their roles from either Batman (1989) or Batman Returns (1992).
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Director Joel Schumacher was born in 1939, the same year that Batman was created.
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When Edward Nygma/The Riddler is trying out his invention on his supervisor, Fred Stickley, he parodies the title song from Top Hat (1935): "I'm sucking up your IQ, vacuuming your cortex, feeding off your brain." The original lyrics are "I'm putting on my top hat, tying up my white tie, brushing off my tails."
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When Nygma is launching 'The Box', his hair is exactly the same as is former idol's - Bruce Wayne - when he was told his invention was unsafe.
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Michael Gough also starred alongside Val Kilmer in Top Secret! (1984).
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Matt Damon auditioned for the role of Robin. His best friend Ben Affleck, was cast as Batman nearly 20 years later in the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016).
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While this is the first appearance of Robin in the series, both of the previous films had Robin appear in early drafts of the script. Kiefer Sutherland had been offered the role in Batman (1989) but turned it down, and Marlon Wayans had actually signed on and done a costume test for the role in Batman Returns (1992). Wayans was slated to play the role in this film while Tim Burton was still on board as director, but when Joel Schumacher took over, Wayan's contract was bought out by Warner Brothers and Chris O'Donnell was given the role instead.
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U2 did music for the end of this film. They also had some of their songs in Blown Away (1994) also starring Tommy Lee Jones as the villain.
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The game The Riddler and Two-Face play is "Battleship".
This is the first movie to refer to Batman as "The Dark Knight".
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In the commercial of the video game based on the film, the lyrics to the song in the commercial goes: He can run/There's no escape/He can hide/That's his fate/He can fight with all his might and never win/When good battles evil/The real game begins.
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There had been speculation that the film was a reboot, due to Joel Schumacher taking over as director from Tim Burton and changing the visual style of the film from dark and gothic to more comic book and futuristic and the recasting of Batman from Michael Keaton to Val Kilmer. The film is not a reboot and continues on from Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992). Pat Hingle returns as Comissioner Gordon and Michael Gough returns as Alfred Pennyworth. But, Billy Dee Williams had played Harvey Dent in the original film, but Tommy Lee Jones plays Harvey Dent aka Two-Face in this film.
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Scott Shaw was offered the role of the Gang Leader.
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Val Kilmer's marriage to Joanne Whalley ended during filming, with the divorce being finalized a year after this film came out. Whether or not the stress of Kilmer's failing marriage was a factor in his attitude on set and a factor in his strained working relationship with director Joel Schumacher is unknown.
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Batman's visit to a sheet-clad Chase Meridian in her bedroom is similar to a scene with a lady named Silver St. Cloud in "The Laughing Fish" segment of 1978's "Strange Apparitions" story line in Detective Comics.
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Bruce Wayne's voice in the film is almost similar to that of Kevin Conroy, the actor whom provided the voice of Bruce Wayne/Batman in Batman: The Animated Series (1992).
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Jim Carrey was considered for the part of David in The Lost Boys (1987) and for the lead in D.C. Cab (1983), both which were also directed by Joel Schumacher.
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The handgun Two-Face uses throughout the movie is a chrome plated Benelli mp95e.
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The lyrics to the little song Edward Nygma sings to Fred Stickley goes: I'm sucking up your IQ/Vacumming your cortex/Feeding off your brain.
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Renoly Santiago revealed in an interview with SlashFilm that he auditioned for the role of Dick Grayson/Robin and it was these auditions that led to him being cast in Hackers (1995).
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En Vogue: The R&B group appear as street walkers who appear after Dick steals the Batmobile and takes it for a joyride.


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

When Riddler and Two-Face invade Bruce Wayne's home, Two-Face flips his coin three times. Although many people believe he kept flipping the coin so he could get the desired outcome to kill Bruce (contrary to the comics where he is a stickler for flipping the coin once and unquestioningly accepting what it says), he was actually flipping the coin to determine the fate of all three people in the manor: Alfred Pennyworth, Chase Meridian, and Bruce Wayne.
Batman only definitively kills one character in this film, Two-Face (although it is possible he may also have killed some of his henchmen whilst escaping their alley trap). Also he doesn't have any major fight scenes with any of the villains in this film. Robin, however, is seen fighting Two-Face during the climax.
Robin's origin in the movie has elements of all three comic Robins' origins. The first Robin Dick Grayson's parents are acrobats and are murdered (though not by Two-Face). The second Robin, Jason Todd, is caught stealing the wheels off the Batmobile, much like in the movie when Robin takes the Batmobile for a joyride, and Jason Todd's father is killed by Two-Face. Timothy Drake, the Third Robin, discovers Bruce Wayne's secret identity as does the movie Robin, but Tim Drake does it using his skills as a detective, unlike movie Robin.
The movie was going to be shot in Cincinnati, using the old subway tunnel. The exterior of the Gotham City Hippodrome (the arena where Dick Grayson's family is killed) is based on the exterior of Union Terminal, a famous 1930's Art Deco train station in Cincinnati.
The Hippodome (which housed the circus where Robin's family was killed) was based on Cincinnati's Union Terminal. This same building also served as the model for the Hall of Justice in the Super Friends (1973) cartoon, which featured animated renditions of Batman and Robin.
Robin first appears in costume after Two-Face lures Batman into a trap. Robin rescues Batman after he was buried beneath rubble. This is an homage to Tim Drake's first appearance as Robin in Batman #442 when he rescued both Batman and Nightwing from under a pile of building rubble caused by a bomb set by Two-Face
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In the comic books, the names of Dick Grayson's deceased parents were traditionally John and Mary Grayson. In this film, however, they are not identified by name.
Many scenes were removed from the final cut for pacing reasons . The red diary subplot was extended with Bruce having guilt over his parents' death since he insisted on going to the cinema on that fatal night . This is hinted in the Theatrical Cut from his repressed memories and the line of Bruce to Alfred "I killed them" referring to the death of the Flying Graysons . The Batcave actually had a hidden layer beneath the Batmobille floor , explaining how the Batwing and the Batskiboat were saved from the climactic bombing . After Bruce wakes up from the shot he has temporary amnesia. Alfred finally goads him into visiting the hidden portion of the Batcave . Bruce finds the abandoned diary and reads more carefully the last entry . They had actually gone to see Zorro (as in the comics) upon his father's insistence . Bruce eventually realizes that he was not to blame for the tragic killings and all his memories of Batman finally resurface . This would lead more fluently to his final showdown with the Riddler and his assertion that he has consciously embraced both of his identities .
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